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So as a way to focus on a few features, and get some hands-on exercise, we walked through create a recipe. It helped to familiarize everyone with such features as:
More importantly, it got folks navigating from The Ribbon to different parts of the document. For those of you that wish you were there, or those of you that wish you had a way to brush up on your Word skills, I've uploaded the exercise. You can find it here. Print it out and then open up Word. Then you can go through the steps to create the recipe for yourself!
The internet is full of good data...once you get passed all the Justin Beiber updates. But there's a big difference between data and information.
Data is a blog post by a sociology professor describing what Anthropology is. Information is a course on Anthropology by that professor. But who had the time (or the money) to take a course? You usually have to get accepted to a degree program before you can even take one. Then there's the whole needing-to-pay-the-bills thing. So work will get in the way of classes. Even if you could finagle your schedule and take a night class, the commuting will wear on you fast. Believe me, I speak from experience. So what's a person interested in getting some information to do? Why take a MOOC, that's what!
"What on Earth is a MOOC?" you ask? It stands for Massively Open Online Course. Ok, I realize that didn't clear much up. Allow me to elaborate.
As with everything on the internet, you must be careful when you sign up for one of these. Just because it's freely available doesn't mean it's worth your time. You can't trust everything you read on the internet. Luckily, such universities as Standford and MIT were at the forefront of MOOCs. The majority of the MOOC sites will contain courses from professors of reknowned universities. So the information in a MOOC is usually trustworthy.
That said, these courses are not for college credit, though another trend is playing with the idea of making MOOCs for credit. That's where the whole non-open trend comes into play as well. It's still a new enough technology trend that MOOCs are changing constantly. The course themselves, how they're offered, what they're worth are all in flux. But if you're interested in learning for learning's sake, then it can't hurt to check out some of the sites. And we can help.
If you go here: http://www.wilmlibrary.org/databases and expand the Online Courses section, you'll see two examples of MOOC sites: Coursera and EdX. If you have taken a MOOC, or know someone who has, please leave a comment and let us know how it went.
We're always on the lookout for new resources to pass along and we're happy to have found Digital Learn. Founded by the Public Library Association with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it was created to serve as "an online hub for digital literacy support and training." Right now the topics covered are:
The topics are delivered in classes with slides accompanied by audio. Each class is covered in a series of "chapters" if you will. You can stop and replay the chapters whenever you need.
The time each topic will take to complete is listed as well as how long each chapter will take. That way if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you know that you can complete the 6 minute Navigating a Web Site class.
Lastly, you can download a pdf of the class. It comes will all the slides and a transcript of the audio. That way if you're stuck on something you can refer to the pdf for the answer without having to hop back on the site.
So try it out by going to Research & Learning on the left and then clicking the Spotlight: Digital Learn under Online Resources. Or you can go there directly by clicking this link: http://digitallearn.org/
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You may have heard of Monster.com. Perhaps you’ve even heard of Indeed.com. But have you ever heard of Glassdoor.com? If not, allow us to change that.
So much of today’s job searching is done online and Monster is a giant among sites. Yet, Glassdoor offers one feature that Monster is lacking: company reviews. Taking a page from the social media playbook, Glassdoor allows people to share their thoughts, specifically on their employers. This is an indisputable benefit to job searchers. Doing your homework on the company with which you have an interview is something that is often overlooked. Most interviewees (yours truly included) are a jumble of nerves when interviewing. So it’s often forgotten that not only are you being interviewed by the employer but you’re interviewing the employer as well. And what better way to help you with your interview questions than to get the scoop from someone who has worked there already.
For example, here’s Best Buy’s review page: http://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Best-Buy-Reviews-E97.htm
Glassdoor has the usual job postings, interview tips, and resume writing help as well. So you’ll find all sorts of goodies when you’re looking for that next job and your friendly neighborhood library is here to help.
If you click the Research and Learning button on the left side of the home page and then click the More Sources by Topic link, you’ll be brought a page of links. Click Business to expand that section and you’ll see the link to Glassdoor. We hope it will prove a useful site the next time you’re looking for a job.
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